Multi-Nutrient Tonic Herb Drink Mix
Bag of Tricks is a synergistic blend of heirloom super foods, food-sourced nutrients, tonic herbs, and minerals. It is a culmination of years of research into the most beneficial tonic herbs for the person who has been overworked, stressed out, hormonally depleted, adrenal exhausted, or neurologically challenged. It is also suitable for anyone who wishes to enhance creativity, athletic stamina, strength, brain function, hormone production, immune modulation, and libido. Imparts a sweet, creamy, malt-like flavor.
What is a Tonic Herb?
There are well over 5,000 thousand herbs documented for medicinal use. Many of these herbs have very specific medicinal applications and much guidance is required in their use. However, there are well under 100 herbs that are classified as a tonic. These herbs have the ability to help the body adapt to stress and modulate its own various systems. They supply unique phyto-nutrients not found in common foods that the body can use to carry out its highest potential for abundant health and adaptation to an ever changing world.
Is this a Multi-Vitamin?
We find that when getting into isolated and concentrated vitamin compounds, there is still so much to learn about their interaction in the human body. From years of experience in nutrition, we have found that focusing on nutrient dense whole foods is always a superior choice. So is this a multi vitamin? No, we think it's better.
When is it best to use?
Bag of tricks is full of adaptive tonic herbs and lacks caffeine or concentrated vitamin isolates that may over stimulate so it may be used anytime of the day. We suggest adding to smoothies, protein shakes, or hot beverages.
Can this help my workout?
Absolutely. Especially effective when taken 15-30 minutes prior to a workout. We use Red Sage Root (Salvia) Extract in this blend which is a natural nitric oxide booster. Nitric oxide is produced by the body to dilate blood vessels. This helps oxygen and nutrients reach your muscles for increased energy and stamina. The other adaptogens in this formula such as Ashwagandha, Cordyceps, and Shilajit, are highly revered for athletic stamina and strength. The unique carbohydrates supplied by mesquite pod and lucuma fruit keep blood sugar levels stable.
Stabilized Rice Bran- High in tocotrienols, which are the most powerful Vitamin E compounds. Vitamin E is concentrated in the adrenal and pituitary glands, muscle and liver. Also high in B vitamins and a wide array of over 100 antioxidants and cofactors including CoQ10, laetrile, glutathione, alpha lipoic acid, as well as an abundance of minerals, protein, and essential fatty acids.
Lucuma- Lucuma is a subtropical low-glycemic fruit native to Chile and the Peruvian highlands. It is a highly prized flavor in Peru, where it is even more popular than chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. It is very nutritious with high levels of beta-carotene, iron, B-vitamins, calcium, and phosphorous.
Mesquite- Mesquite pod meal is derived from the seedpods of the mesquite tree from Argentina and Peru. Mesquite has been consumed for centuries and remains virtually unchanged today. It is slightly sweet tasting and contains complex carbohydrates which aid in balancing blood sugar. It is very high in minerals including magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, and zinc. It is also high in fiber and essential proteins such as lysine.
Baobab- The massive ancient Baobab tree is native to Madagascar and Africa and can live longer than 5,000 years! Baobab fruit has been a staple in African diets because of its high nutrient density. Baobab is a great source of vitamin C, B vitamins, and contains high amounts of organic calcium among other minerals. It has 3 times the antioxidants of blueberries and can to stimulate the growth of intestinal microflora due to high amounts of soluble fiber for gut health.
Astragalus- Astragalus root has been revered for centuries in Chinese Medicine and used as a general tonic and medicine for many ailments. It provides unique polysaccharides to the immune system, enhances strength, stamina, and energy, and may support healthy digestion and respiratory function. Astragalus is one of the great tonic herbs as it strongly tonifies the vital Qi of the body. Our Qi is our daily energy dervied from our lungs as we breathe, and our food as we eat and digest. Astragalus tonifies our lungs and our digestive organs, particularly, the spleen. It is also a first class herb for maintaining a healthy immune system. Astragalus also houses what is called "upright qi" which is the energy in the body that supports upright posture and the correct position of the organs. Compounds in Astragalus have recently been discovered which may support the bodies' ability to age at a slower rate by keeping the chromosome “caps” called telomeres, healthy and long.
Goji- Goji Berries are ranked #1 in Chinese Medicine. They are classified as a Yin tonic, and support all three treasures. Goji may help support production of blood and fluids, strengthen and brighten the eyes, create cheerfulness, and support the legs. They are very high in antioxidants, a complete protein with 18 amino acids and 14% protein by weight, over 20 trace minerals, Iron, B vitamins, Vitamin A, E, & C, and immune supporting polysaccharides. Our Goji concentrate is carefully manufactured to the highest quality standards from Organic Goji Berries grown on the Tibetan Plateau. This area remains among the purest areas in the world for growing Goji.
Gynostemma- Contains more active compounds then Ginseng, making it a premier adaptogen. Gynostemma is one of the most popular herbs in all of Asia. Some of the longest live people in the world consume gynostemma daily. It is traditionally used to support and maintain healthy cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, immune, and liver function.
Eucommia- Eucommia bark is one of the most effective herbs addressing the skeletal structure in addition to the tendons and ligaments. It is an outstanding herb to maintain the structural integrity of the body for athletes and exercisers. In addition to its structural benefits, Eucommia has shown to support in the mending of broken bone and torn tissue. It is also traditionally used for the threatened miscarriage or bleeding during pregnancy. It may also support healthy blood pressure.
Cordyceps Mushroom- Cordyceps strengthens the Kidneys, tonifies Yang, nourishes Lung Yin, and strengthens Lung capacity. It also promotes healthy immune function, is considered a longevity tonic, and has an adaptogenic effect on the body. As a Kidney Essence or "Jing" tonic, Cordyceps vitalizes the Yang energy in the body which is responsible for physical energy, sexual energy, mental and creative energy, and structural integrity of the skeletal system. As an athletic tonic, it vitalizes physical energy, increases lung function and endurance, and helps to build muscle. We utilize both Militaris and CS-4 Strains.
Reishi Mushroom- An adaptogenic and longevity herb that helps to support and regulate immune function, protect the cardio vascular system, and support and protect the liver. But perhaps its greatest function is that of a Shen tonic. It is unrivalled in its ability to open the Heart, calm the Spirit, and connect you to your higher self. It enhances wisdom and supports spiritual evolution and insight. Our organic reishi is a 4:1 fruiting body hot water extract.
He Shou Wu- Prized for centuries for its ability to prevent premature aging and enhance longevity and youthfulness. According to Chinese theory, He Shou Wu restores and nourishes the primal energy of the body known as “Jing” or “Essence.” By nourishing that root energy, the skeletal system, the muscular system, and the nervous system are tonified and energized. It nourishes the Yin aspect by building blood, nourishing hair growth and reversing premature graying of hair, and enhancing reproductive function in men and women alike. He Shou Wu has also been shown to increase the body's level of SOD (superoxide dismutase), a critical antioxidant that the body produces to fight free radical damage.
Cistanche- Cistanche is a premier Yang Jing tonic. Cistanche is excelent for anyone wanting to increase sexual and physical energy. It assists in blood quality making it a great herb for athletes and lovers. In some ancient texts, it is said that the consumption of Cistanche directs blood flow to the pelvic and genital area with the resulting effect of supporting sexual function. The Yang energy of Cistanche can be used for sexual vigor or may be directed to any creative outlet. Cistanche is powerful yet gentle in its action and appropriate for most anyone. Cistanche is among the safest class of herbs. Additional benefits are found in the colon where Cistanche can help moisten the intestines and support healthy bowel movement. It also is a great memory tonic.
Schisandra- Schisandra enters all 12 meridians and nurtures all 5 elements due to its unique therapeutic range. A highly revered adaptogen and anti-inflammatory. Benefits entire body and all organs especially liver, immune system, mood, brain and skin. Schisandra has a rich history of use by royal families of China. It is a premier Yin tonic (fluid & blood building, cooling). It is renowned for its ability to nurture beautiful, soft, radiant skin. It is a powerful brain and memory tonic and sexual tonic. It tonifies the kidneys, heart, lungs, spleen, and liver by supplying all 5 flavors. As a Shen tonic it nurtures and calms the spirit. Also great to help keep the liver's detoxifying functions running smoothly and especially useful for recovering alcoholics. It works with stage 1 and 2 of liver detoxification.
Sunflower Lecithin- This Non-GMO lecithin is derived from sunflower seeds and not soy. Lecithin contains the important nutrient phosphatidylcholine. Choline is a B-vitamin essential for the function of our nervous and reproductive system, muscle and joint development, brain health, and in particular, mental recall. Lecithin may support healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels, liver function, weight loss, and cognitition. Choline is also a powerful methyl donor essential for the body's detoxification process. Lecithin works to enhance cell membrane permeability and thus helps cells absorb nutrients in this formula.
Salvia Root- Salvia adds the important quality of promoting circulation and movement. It plays a critical role in the circulation of Qi and Blood throughout the whole system, and as such, plays an indispensable part in nourishing and rejuvenation of every organ system in the body by promoting the circulation of all the diverse nutrients found in this blend.
Himalayan Shilajit- Shilajit is a mineral pitch produced from ancient plant matter from high in the Himalayan mountains. Our Shilajit is harvested above 7,000 feet and contains 50% fulvic acid. Shilajit is a rejuvenative herb and an adaptogen. It contains over 80 minerals in ionic form with humic acid and most importantly, fulvic acid. Fulvic acid helps the minerals absorb into the cells while playing the role of a vital electrolyte. It neutralizes toxins and pollutants in the body and chelates heavy metals. Shilajit is one of the best substances to help mineralize the body with a full spectrum of dietary minerals.
Pink Crystal Salt- An ancient salt with the highest level of purity derived from deep within the Himalayan Mountains. Salt is essential to life and grounds the high energy of this formula and balances all the flavors. Hand mined, fair trade, and stone ground.
Usage: Start with 1-2 Tb and increase as needed 1-2 times per day.
-For a simple energizing drink, blend with nut milk
-Add to desserts, chocolates, yogurt, ice cream, and PB$J
-Great in smoothies or protein shakes.
-Add our Cacao powder or Coffee Fix with nut milk and hot tea for a healthy latte.